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  • Day46

    Angela and Duncan on holidays

    June 22, 2017 in Australia

    Having a rest after taking a walk.
    Cuddling up in the tent, first night camping.
    Duncan at a roadside lunch stop
    Ange at a roadside lunch stop.
    Ange having a little kick back in the shade.
    Roadside lunch stop at Tunnel Creek.

  • Day47

    Alice Springs

    June 23, 2017 in Australia

    Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin and 200Kms south from the geographic center of Australia between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges is Alice Springs. It is home to an array of galleries displaying outstanding examples of Aboriginal art. It serves as the perfect step off point to visit the red centre, and is home to the famous Henley on Todd-a day of fun where teams and individuals race in the dry bed of The Todd River during the Dry season. People race in bottomless tubs and yachts through the deep coarse sand. In the wet the Todd is in full flood and therefore the necessarity of the several bridges across the Todd in Alice.
    We visited the grave site of Reverend John Flynn who founded the royal Flying Doctors, bringing medical aid to the outback. His grave is marked by a large boulder that was brought to the site from the Devils Marbles-this did cause some unrest amongst the indigenous people who believe the stones from Karlu Karlu, Devils Marbles, to hold significant cultural significance . After sensitive discussions the stone remained , as it was believed that The Royal Flying Doctor service was for all people of the outback not just whites.
    We visited the Olive Pink botanical gardens-this arid region native flora reserve was founded in 1956 by Miss Pink ,an unconventional anthropologist and outspoken advocate for Aboriginal rights. She was also a noted botanical artist and a women ahead of her time in the promotion of Australian native plant cultivation. She also held knowledge in regard to bush tucker and medicinal plants.
    We were able to experience reptiles up close at the Alice Springs reptile center, including pythons, goannas, venomous snakes and the great little favourite-The Thorny Devil lizard.
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  • Day12

    Driving to Alice Springs

    August 22, 2017 in Australia

    We got away at 9.30am and managed to get back to the Erlunda Roadhouse around 12.30 with no stops. A bite of lunch and quick feed for the emus and we were on the road again.

    We arrived at the Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park around 2.30pm with a huge squeal from the girls as they saw the huge water slide into the pool. As we set up they disappeared down the road, towels in hand, and not back till Joe hunted them home after grabbing some groceries.

    The girls are very keen on visiting what sounds like a dessert cafe near the office and would be perfectly happy to stay in the caravan park tomorrow but I think we'll try and explore Alice a bit. After all the red dust the grass here makes it feel like an oasis! With all the washing done and leftovers for dinner we're planning a nice relaxing evening.
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  • Day13

    Alice Springs

    August 23, 2017 in Australia

    After getting caught up with the washing we decided to take a quick trip to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. We had planned on taking a look at the Desert Park but it looked like a place you would need to spend half a day at least to get a good look around. The girls were very keen on spending as much time at the caravan park as possible and to be honest we were all stuffed to a quick trip to the Reptile Centre sounded like the perfect alternative.

    It didn't disappoint! We ended up spending a couple of hours at the centre looking at all the different animals. We were lucky enough to see their salt water crocodile being fed which only happens once a week through winter then we were able to meet and hold a few of their residents which the girls got a real kick out of.

    We went and grabbed a couple of groceries and had a late lunch. Paige commented on how many aboriginal people were around. It's definitely been an education for the girls!

    Within minutes of getting back to the caravan park the girls were off to the pool and their beloved slide. We had a bit of a rest watching the local bird life flying around. Once the girls came back we had dinner and wandered down to the dessert place one last time. The kids have decided we should come back to Alice Springs for a holiday without leaving the caravan park! This one has definitely been a winner! To top it off fuel is available for guests at $125.9c per litre! Roughly 20c cheaper than the rest of town! The Big 4 MacDonnell Range Caravan Park was five star all the way!!
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  • Day15

    Day13

    April 23 in Australia

    Cheryl, Rod and I drove through the Western MacDonnell Ranges and visited Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Ellery Creek Water Hole where Cheryl and I finally put our bathers on and approached the swimming hole. We didn't get far as it was very very cold, so we sat and enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful scenery.
    Tonight we all went to the Nocturnal Tour at The Desert Park. We walked around with red torches and were lucky enough to see all the animals, including the greater bilby. Once again, we were very impressed with the guide and the rangerRead more

  • Day13

    Day 8,9,10.

    April 21 in Australia

    We have reached Alice Springs via Kings Canyon. We stayed at Kings Creek Station. It was a beautiful set up and we were lucky to get 2 nights for the price of one. We spent some time at the canyon and really enjoyed the grandeur of it. Yesterday we visited the Henbury Meteorite. We walked part of the way, but it was very hot, over 40°. Hopefully, we can get our Waiko fridge fixed while in Alice. We plan to stay for 4 days, but Brian says we are not leaving until we have a working fridge! We are thoroughly enjoying our trip.Read more

  • Day16

    Day 14

    April 24 in Australia

    We decided to stay another night in Alice Springs. This morning we visited the Transport Hall of Fame. They have an amazing collection of memorabilia. Cheryl and Rod found the names of several people they know involved in the trucking industry, and Brian and I found an old friend from Pt Pirie. He and his partner Liz have been very involved for many years.
    Our Waeco fridge is ok, but we had to buy a new battery for the caravan this afternoon.
    We will be attending the dawn service on Anzac Hill in Alice tomorrow morning, and then heading north again.
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  • Day17

    Day15

    April 25 in Australia

    Out at 5.00am to join around 10,000 people on Anzac Hill in Alice Springs.
    Now packing to move on!!

  • Day27

    Alice Springs, Big 4 MacDonnell Ranges

    July 13, 2017 in Australia

    A very expensive park, however this park has been my favorite park yet.
    4 pools, one with a huge slide, (the weather wasn't quite warm enough but we still used the slide), 2 jumping pillows and a trampoline. I loved the jumping pillow best. It had 2 playgrounds, half a basketball court, a tiny mountain bike path and every night they would have different activities eg: movie night, live music, didgerido playing, and lots more.
    Very pricey but worth the money.
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  • Day23

    Day 20 & 21

    May 1 in Australia

    Des is cooking again this morning, but we are busy packing up. We drove to Katherine in search of a auto electrician. They all seem to be away, but finally found a mobile one called Terry. He was very helpful but it seems we have a problem with the new battery, so no free camping till it is fixed. Finally arrived in Cooinda in Kakadu. We booked for a sunrise cruise on the Yellow River and settled into our sites. Then came the mozzies and the midgies....not nice.
    Day 21. We had a wonderful 2 hour cruise this morning with tour guide Trevor. He is very proud of his culture and history, and very knowledgeable about the flora and birds along the river. He also knows lots about crocodiles. I saw 4 of them, but others saw 6.
    We drove around Kadadu and visited many points of interest that were recommended, including a secret pool which the locals use. It required some very good 4 wheel driving from Cheryl, but it was worth it. A beautiful waterfall flowing into a pool surrounded by trees etc. They said it was safe to swim there, but the signs said different, so Cheryl and I chickened out. We would have liked to swim in the infinity pool at Gunlom, but realized the climbing was beyond us. We did see that amazing waterfall too. The mozzies and midgies came visiting again this evening, but now it is raining.
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